Moving Your Book From Paper to Film.

I am starting this blog to share the steps needed in order to take your book from book form to screenplay and to the Big Screen.  Today I am going to show you the steps that are needed.  This is a learning process, but if you truly believe in your story and your book and yourself it can be done!  BELIEVE!

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How to Sell Your Book Story  for a Movie

John C. Erianne

John C. Erianne  is the publisher and editor of “Devil Blossoms,” “The 13th Warrior Review” and  “Gnome.” His writing has appeared in numerous publications over the last 25  years, including “The Adirondack Review,” “Blue Collar Review,” “Yellow Mama”  and “Gutter Eloquence.”  He graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of  Arts in English and a Master of Arts in creative writing.  By John C. Erianne,  eHow Contributor

updated  January 12,  2011

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Selling a book to Hollywood is a dream come true for many  writers.

What writer hasn’t dreamt of selling his book  to Hollywood? Some writers think about the money or the increased exposure that  comes with movie adaptations, but most just like the idea of seeing their  creations coming to life in living color on the big screen. What you must  understand is that marketing film rights to your book is easier said than done  unless your book is a bestseller.  There are basically two approaches: contact  production companies directly or get a Hollywood agent to sell the film rights  for you. The process for both is essentially the same.

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Things You’ll Need

  • Book
  • Synopsis
  • Agent
  1. Selling the Film Rights to Your Book

    • 1  If you already have a literary agent, discuss the potential sale of film  rights to your book with him. If your agent is not already working to get you a  movie deal for your book at the time of publication, ask him to do  so.
    • 2  Find contact information. If you are going to pursue a movie deal, you need  to approach agencies and/or production companies to make your case. Hollywood  agencies typically have book departments specifically set up to buy and sell  film rights of books. There are also a number of independent production  companies actively seeking material for film and television projects. You can  find contact information by doing Internet searches or consulting industry  directories such as Hollywood Creative Directory, Bluebook Production Directory,  The Writer’s Market, and the Guide to Literary Agents.
    • 3  Write a cover letter and a one-page synopsis of your novel.  The cover letter  should be addressed to a specific person and department. The synopsis should be  more than a dry summary of your story. It should begin with a strong “hook” to  entice the reader. Outline the points that would make your book  an engrossing  film.
    • 4  Query your contacts. Make sure you proofread and spell check your cover  letter and synopsis before mailing it. Don’t expect instant results. It may take  several weeks or months for you to receive an  answer.

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Tips &  Warnings

  •  Target your market. The more information you have about your market, the  better. For instance, if you are selling a war novel don’t approach companies  that only produce romantic comedies. The same goes for agencies.
  •  Don’t limit yourself to directories. Read Variety and other trade  publications and industry blogs. Follow actors, directors, and agents on social  media such as Twitter and Facebook. You never know when you might pick up a  tidbit of information that will help you succeed.
  •  Consult an entertainment attorney before signing away any film rights to your  book.



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